Driving the Herd


Frank Reaugh ( American, 1860 - 1945 )

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General Description

Frank Reaugh was dubbed "The Rembrandt of the Longhorns" for scenes of cattle ranching such as this one. Soft colors, wide vistas, and animal subject matter reminded collectors of the Hague school of painters, a group of 19th-century Dutch artists who employed similar motifs in their works.

Reaugh, who was raised in Terrell, Texas, studied in St. Louis, Paris, and the Netherlands, which served him well in his successful career as an artist and teacher in Dallas.

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William Keyse Rudolph, DMA label copy, 2005

Fun Facts

  • The classes held by Frank Reaugh in his Iron Shed studio in Oak Cliff were attended by many of the young and promising Dallas artists. Reaugh believed in artists being well-rounded, so he provided informal sessions in botany, astronomy, literature, music, and poetry, as well as in drawing and painting. Beginning in 1919 he initiated the tradition of taking a selected few fellow artists on summer sketching trips to West Texas and New Mexico. On the junkets, all of Reaugh's interests were tested as was the good nature of the campers as well as the endurance of a variety of means of transport, including a done over model T Ford named "Cicada" (the locust). Counted among the participants in these memorable trips were the artists E.G. Eisenlohr, Hale Bolton, Olin Travis, Reveau Bassett, John Douglass, Alexandre Hogue, Harry Carnohan, and many others.

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